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CMEA President's bi-annual report
CMEA
Colonel John Lesperance (Ret'd), the President of the CMEA, has the privilege to sit at the bi-annual meetings of the CME Branch Council. In preparation for the recent April meeting of Branch Council, John prepared a report on CMEA activities since the previous Council meeting. You can read his report at our newly upgraded website.
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Change of appointment in 2 Combat Engineer Regiment
CMEA
May 6th, 2014 highlighted the change of appointment between the 18th and 19th RSM of 2 Combat Engineer Regiment from CWO Nicolas Manoukarakis to CWO Darrel Jones.
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Passation des fonctions de SMR du 2e Régiment du génie de combat
AGMC
Le 6 mai 2014 a marqué la passation de fonctions entre le 18e et le 19e SMR du 2e Régiment du génie de combat, c'est-à-dire entre l'Adjuc Nicolas Manoukarakis et l'Adjuc Darrel Jones.
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New Recipients — CME Branch Commendations
CMEA
In recognition of the tireless work of the Canadian Forces Base Chilliwack Historical Society to preserve the history and heritage of the former Canadian Forces Base Chilliwack and the Canadian Military Engineers.
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Nouveaux récipiendaires — Mention élogieuse de la Branche du GMC
AGMC
Présenté à la Société historique de la Base des Forces canadiennes Chilliwack Présenté aux organisateurs de la réunion des sapeurs à la retraite Présenté au Capt William A. Stone, MMM, CD (à la retraite).
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Ceremony marks change of command at AETE
Cold Lake Sun
A new era in leadership at CFB Cold Lake 4 Wing is underway following the passing of the commanding rings at the Aerospace Engineering Test Establishment (AETE). An abundance of military personnel and peers were on hand recently at the AETE facility to observe Col. Michael Barker accept the role of the new Commanding Officer of AETE at the Change of Command parade.

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Have you ever lived or served in Saskatchewan?
CMEA
The Lieutenant Governor of Saskatchewan has made available a military service pin for members who lived in Saskatchewan, even if it was for training purposes. You may be eligible or know others who are eligible to receive this recognition.

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The engineers are here!
CMEA
A hearty battlefield cry repeated often throughout history, and this fall was no exception as CFB Kingston welcomed 1 Engineer Support Unit (1 ESU). But many of you are still wondering... who is 1 ESU?

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The engineers of Operation Renaissance
CMEA
A multitude of countries scrambled to help the Philippines after Typhoon Yulanda (Haiyan), the most powerful storm to make landfall in recorded history, swept through its center. The storm caused major damage to infrastructure and claimed the lives of over 6,000 people. Canada answered the call and deployed the Disaster Assistance Reconnaissance Team (DART) on November 12, 2013 as Joint Task Force (JTF) Philippines. The Engineer component of JTF Philippines was made up of engineers of various trades and from units across Canada.
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Les ingénieurs de l'opération Renaissance
AGMC
Une multitude de pays se sont empressés d'aider les Philippines après que le typhon Yulanda (Haiyan), la plus puissante tempête enregistrée à jamais avoir touché terre, a fait ses ravages dans le pays. La tempête a causé des dommages importants à l'infrastructure et a coûté la vie à plus de 6 000 personnes. Le Canada a répondu à l'appel et a déployé l'équipe d'intervention en cas de catastrophe (EICC) le 12 novembre 2013 comme Force opérationnelle interarmées (FOI) Philippines. La composante des ingénieurs de la FOI Philippines se composait d'ingénieurs de divers métiers, provenant d'unités des quatre coins du Canada.
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CMEA Bursary Winners
CMEA
Six successful applicants received a cheque for $1000 towards their post-secondary academic program.

Applications were evaluated on a number of criteria including academic achievement, financial need, expressed future ambitions, and community involvement.

The call for applications for the 2014 program will be going out in May 2014 by e-mail. All members of the CMEA are encouraged to take advantage of this opportunity to assist worthy individuals in the pursuit of their post-secondary education.

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Canadian army works on simulated IEDs, realistic attacks
Ottawa Citizen
The Contemporary Operating Environment Forces (COEFOR) Bomber Course ran last month. The Bomber course is held for all military members posted into COEFOR. It is an essential training course to teach COEFOR personnel the skills required to help support exercises like Maple Resolve which are conducted every year at the Canadian Manoeuvre Training Center, Wainwright.
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Ottawa pushed to boost benefits for wounded soldiers
Toronto Star
Wounded in war, hoping not to be forgotten in peace. More than a decade of war in Afghanistan has left a legacy of casualties for Canada’s military, soldiers suffering the physical and mental wounds of their deployments. And now as federal Conservatives prepare to hold "day of honour" to mark Canada's lengthy Afghan engagement, advocates say the best way to honour the sacrifices of the mission is to ensure the wounded are looked after.
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Saskatchewan changes voting rules for soldiers
Global News
Saskatchewan is overhauling election rules to allow soldiers coming from outside the province to immediately be able to vote in elections. Justice Minister Gord Wyant says the Election Amendment Act will make Saskatchewan the first jurisdiction in Canada to provide special residence recognition to those in the Canadian Armed Forces.
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Military launches videos for families of soldiers with mental illness
Global News
Amid criticism of the Canadian military's handling of mental health within the ranks, the country's top general hopes a new video series will help families living with a Canadian Forces member suffering from operational stress injuries (OSI). Gen. Tom Lawson, the country's chief of defence staff, helped introduce the video series recently, The Mind's the Matter, along with the CEO of The Royal Ottawa Health Care Group, George Weber.
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Day of Honour pays tribute to Afghanistan veterans
CTV News
As Canadians paid tribute to the 40,000 soldiers who took part in the country's 12-year Afghanistan conflict, padre Phillip Ralph gave thanks for the small mercies that come with the end of a war. It means the Baptist minister from Ajax, ON will no longer get those three o'clock in the morning telephone calls when there were casualties.
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Veteran tells of surviving a mortar bomb and IED attack and helping Afghans
National Post
It was before September 11, 2001, before the World Trade Center towers came down, before Al-Qaeda and Osama and the Taliban and IEDs and Kandahar and ramp ceremonies and the Highway of Heroes became part of a common language among Canadians that Adam West, an 18-year-old fresh out of high school, did what he had always wanted to do and joined the Canadian Army.
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Touching the past
ParrySound.com
Laraine Smith pulls out a handkerchief her father-in-law had mailed home from overseas during World War II and sets it on a table at the Parry Sound High School. It's a small token, presented through the generations, to a 17-year-old student who will soon stand at the graves of Canada's soldiers killed fighting in two world wars.
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